Mobile code and security

G. McGraw, E. W. Felten

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Mobile code is code that traverses a network during its lifetime and executes at the destination machine. The same piece of mobile code is able to run on multiple platforms. This powerful idea opens up many possibilities on the World Wide Web, a heterogeneous collection of machines. Mobile code is written once and then runs wherever it ends up. This paper is concerned with the security implications of mobile code. Creating and maintaining secure systems requires rigorous software assurance and the ability to manage risks wisely. Mobile code makes securing a system more complicated, but the benefits of mobile code are often worth a bit of added risk. As the world becomes increasingly networked and interdevice communication becomes essential, mobile code is likely to play an increasingly important role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-29
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Internet Computing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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